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24 August 2009

'West Escape' Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Pace

'West Escape'

18 x 24 inches
Oil on Canvas


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The Painting: This is another from the archives you might say. I am painting this morning in my studio as school has started and things may begin to settle into a pattern now!

The Thought: Emotions. We were in the mall shopping for school clothes and our daughter leaned over and said "the Emos will be leaving soon..." I had absolutely no clue to the meaning of this remark and sent her a puzzled look back. "the Emos...?" I was then educated by her and older son Morgan that Emos are the new generation of EMOTIONAL people. EMOS. They blog and share their feelings on the internet. She felt they retreat early in the evenings to ponder the day and their feelings.

I began to research this new word and new movement and found it to be old and rooted into the 1980's and punk-rock msic. It is characterized by melodic expressive lyrics. Originally in the mid 80's it was the PUNK movement of Washington DC pioneered by bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace. It has evolved through the nineties and now is here stronger in our younger generation. There is even an internet page on how to become and dress and be an Emo. You have to appreciate the music and be introspective, thoughtful and emotional.

Here is part of the list on what you need to dress Emo:

Things You'll Need

  • Dark colored skinny jeans (black, dark blue, and red are acceptable)
  • Band/graphic tee shirts
  • Black hoodie
  • Converse/Vans sneakers
  • Studded belts (preferably black and white)
  • Black tote bag/messenger bag (with or without pins)
  • Accessories (facial piercings included)
  • Eyeliner (boys and girls)
  • Wrist bands
  • Emo music on your iPod/MP3 player
  • Lots of black with neon clothing

I am beginning to think I do not get out enough. I am definitely out of touch... but I consider myself emotional. I do not think at this stage in my life I am ready for the look they describe. Makes me wonder in my belief as a believer if there is some type of dress code or symbol or what to signify my "group" or emotions. I wear a cross around my neck. My wedding band is a James Avery version of the wedding band that Catherine gave Martin Luther when they were married. It is loaded with symbolism. Click the picture for more info on the ring.

That is my outerwear that might alert someone to my personal beliefs.

In truth it would be my actions that would signify the truth of who I am. Actions speak louder than words, or symbols or clothes.

I challenge you to extend kindness today, even in those tough moments of hurt or anger. Rise above the gut emotional human outcry and breath in the peace of the Lord. May He fill you with His grace today.


When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:18-19

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